Memoir Mixtapes Vol.1 / B-Sides

Led Zeppelin I-IV by Richard King Perkins II

In high school,
it was all post punk and new wave—

only the potheads listened to zeppelin
so I shunned that music completely

and it wasn’t until a decade later
that I willfully listened to the group.

Never been so shocked in my life.
Every song, every lyric,

completely known to me,
integrated into my dna.

My father had been playing
zeppelin’s first few albums, anonymously,

on a reel-to-reel in our console stereo
since I was three years old

and even though he was dead by then
I loved him just a little bit more.

About the Author:

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.

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